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Villanova Visits William & Mary In Key CAA Battle

By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) --- The Villanova Wildcats, ranked as high as 4th in the country in FCS, will be on the road on Saturday as they visit William and Mary in a big Colonial Athletic Association match-up.

The Wildcats will come into this game on a roll. Last time out on Saturday, they beat up a winless Rhode Island team at Villanova Stadium, 44-21, in a game that wasn't really as close as the final score would indicate. Rhode Island scored three late touchdowns against Villanova's reserves.

"We were happy to win," Villanova head coach Andy Talley tells KYW Newsradio. "0-5 team coming in, so you never know how your team is going to respond with that. But we played very well, it was 37-0 at halftime and we pulled the troops, pulled (quarterback) John Robertson and played a lot of kids. It did get a little sloppy at the end, but I was happy we could get some players in the game."

Robertson was absurdly good once again in the win. The junior threw four touchdowns despite only playing a half. He actually had more touchdown passes than he had incompletions (three, completed 13 of 16 passes). For his efforts, he was named the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Through 6 games in 2014, Robertson has completed 71% of his passes and he has thrown 20 touchdowns with just one interception. He also has rushed for 359 yards.

"He's been tremendously consistent throughout the season," Talley says.

Listen to the full interview with Villanova's Andy Talley

William and Mary will bring a 4-2 record into Saturday's game (1-1 in the CAA).

"They were flying along very well until they hit New Hampshire, who is a top four team in the country, and they got knocked around a little bit up there (32-3 loss last week)," Talley says. "So this is a must win game for them. It's going to be down at William and Mary and it is homecoming there, so we always struggle a little bit down there. They have a very good defense, very stout defense, they're only giving up about 20 points a game (22.3). And a young offense that I think is starting to gel. So we know we'll be in for a rough game."

William and Mary holds a slight lead in the all-time series, 16-14-1. Last season, Villanova picked up a 20-16 win on the Main Line.

Saturday's game will kickoff at 3:30 pm in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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